Posts Tagged ‘cemeteries’

OGS Applauds Huronia Regional Centre Cemetery Settlement

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

OGS Secretary, Bob Crawford, on behalf of the Society, penned a letter applauding the recent settlement concerning the Huronia Regional Centre, where the Ontario Government promised to maintain the cemetery attached to the Centre and create a registry of those who are buried there.

The letter is available on the OGS website:

Notice for Quinte Branch Meeting

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: Quinte West Public Library, 7 Creswell Dr, Trenton

Topic: “Cemeteries”

Speaker: Diane Clendenan

Everyone welcome, bring a friend, free admission

Contact Info:

Talk To Your MPP about Bill 126

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Image: Evgeni Dinev, link below

Bill 126 has passed first reading and we need to keep the momentum going if we want the Bill to become a law. Read the Bill here

It’s great to sign a petition but what the government really needs to hear is your thoughts and feelings on the importance of cemetery preservation.

The preamble to the Act states that:

“Ontario’s cemeteries are unique repositories of human history and the resting places of human remains and associated artifacts like grave markers, tombstones and monuments. They are important elements of our collective heritage, a priceless authentic historical record of the past and witnesses to the continuity of life in Ontario. Many of Ontario’s cemeteries also contain significant ecological features invaluable to the natural heritage of Ontario.”

Cemeteries in Ontario, particularly those that are inactive, are under attack from those who would route roads through and build residential or commercial properties on them. This must not be allowed to happen.

If you feel likewise, you need to tell your government that this practice of allowing our cemeteries to be destroyed must be stopped. Form letters are ignored, therefore in your own words,

Tell them:

  1. The sanctity of the deceased is of paramount concern.
  2. The deceased have a right to rest in peace in the tradition and custom of their religion or beliefs at the burial site of their choosing.
  3. Common human dignity must be respected.
  4. The living must be responsible for the care of the deceased.
  5. The cultural heritage to which burial sites bear witness must be maintained to ensure the historical record for future generations.

If we don’t respect these places, it would be disastrous for the continuity of the historical record and our collective culture in this province.

Contact the following and tell them what you want them to do. You can use the telephone, email, postal mail or, if you see them on the street, stop and talk with them.

Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario
Tim Hudak, Leader, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
Andrea Horwath, Leader, New Democratic Party of Ontario
John Gerretsen, Minister of Consumer Services (responsible for cemeteries)
Your local M.P.P.

Contact information is at

Hearing from you personally is the best way to make sure that they understand that this Act is important to you and should be passed into Law.

Time is of the essence as this Bill has only had 1st Reading. It needs to pass 2nd Reading, go through Committee hearings and then pass a 3rd Reading before it can be put into use. An election is scheduled for October 2011 and there will be the usual long summer recess so there is not much time to get all of the work done.

Please get busy!!

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Piction Burial Threatened

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Just yesterday, the OGS cemetery committee received word of a Notice of Intent published in the December 16th edition of the Picton Gazette. The notice is regarding a burial site at Isaiah Tubbs Resort and Restaurant in Hallowell Township,  Prince Edward County.

According to the notice, the Registrar intends to declare the site an “Unapproved Cemetery” and invites representatives of the persons whose remains may still be interred in the former cemetery to contact the Registrar within two weeks after December 23, 2010

 Time is short. Please share this information with anyone you know who may have connections with this burial ground.

If you fall into this category, please contact the Registrar by any of the following methods: 

Michael D’Mello
Registrar, Cemeteries Act (Revised)
Cemeteries Regulation Unit
Ministry of Consumer Services
5775 Yonge Street, 15th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2E5
Tel: 416-326-8393
FAX 416-326-8406

On a related note, OGS is still requesting letters and petition signatures in support of Bill 126. As you gather with family over the holiday season, please share the news of this Bill with them and encourage them to write letters or sign the petition as well. Marjorie Stuart invites email requests for copies of the Bill 126 petition. She can be reached at  marjstuart  (A T)

Help Make Bill 126 Law!

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Bill 126 – An Act to Protect Ontario’s Inactive Cemeteries was introduced at the Ontario Legislature on November 2nd. The Bill prohibits the relocation of inactive cemeteries despite anything to the contrary in another Act or regulation dealing with cemeteries.

We need your help to get the Bill passed.

Find out how you can help here: Bill 126 – An Act to Protect Ontario’s Inactive Cemeteries

New Cemeteries Bill

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Inactive Cemeteries Protection Act, 2010 Bill 126

 Jim Brownell, MPP for Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry introduced Bill 126 for first reading in the Ontario Legislature on 2 November 2010. First reading was agreed to. As soon as the Bill has second reading we will advise OGS members how best to advocate for adoption of this Bill. At that time we will ask that all our members, their families and friends be prepared to act quickly. There will be an election in Ontario in October 2011 and the Legislature will be prorogued prior to the campaign period. Therefore time is of the essence if Bill 126 is to be passed.

You may read the bill and download a copy of it  from the website of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Cooley Hatt Cemetery closure

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

OGS is heavily involved in the fight to protect and preserve Ontario cemeteries. The Cemetery Preservation Committee is currently working to prevent the closure of the Cooley- Hatt Cemetery and you can help!

The Cooley-Hatt Cemetery is an unapproved cemetery with approximately 99 burials. The property is located in the City of Hamilton on the Niagara Escarpment in the Greenbelt. It has been purchased by developers who have appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board for the approval of a plan of subdivision. The hearings will be held in October and November. 

Richard Hatt (1769-1819), and his wife Mary Cooley, along with some of her family and several of their nine children are buried there. Richard Hatt was a businessman, judge, politican and militia officer. He established mills in Ancaster and Dundas Mills. The latter complex had a distillery, potashery, general store, sawmills, a coopery and a blacksmith shop.

Richard Hatt served in the War of 1812 as a Major in the 5th Lincoln Militia and was severely wounded at the Battle of Lundy’s Lane. He was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1800 and a judge of the District and Surrogate Courts. He purchased Joseph Willcocks’ printing press and published the Upper Canada Phoenix.

 If Bill 149, The Inactive Cemeteries Protection Act 2009 had passed, it would have prevented the closure of the Cooley-Hatt Cemetery (Bill 149 died on the order papers when the provincial legislature was prorogued). There was tremendous support for Bill 149. Hopefully, we can help save this historic pioneer cemetery

Please download the following petition: Cooley-Hatt Cemetery Petition to Legislative Assembly

 Completed petitions should be sent either to:

The Ontario Genealogical Society
40 Orchard View Blvd, Suite 102
Toronto, ON M4R 1B9


The Ontario Historical Society
34 Parkview Avenue
Willowdale, ON M2N 3Y2  

Completed petitions will be delivered to the Legislature when it reconvenes.
The OMB Hearing is at the end of October/ beginning of November.

 Thank you for all your assistance

~OGS Cemetery Preservation Committee~

On Our Website: All about Cemeteries

Monday, June 21st, 2010
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Image courtesy: Renjith krishnan, link below

At some point, most genealogists wind up dealing with cemeteries and cemetery records. Not only does a tombstone tell you the date of birth and death of an ancestor, some of them also share the names of relatives or details of the life that ancestor lived.

 We have many passionate members who have worked hard over the years to make it easier for you to find out who’s buried where.  Visit our Ontario Cemetery Ancestor Search page to search for the names you need in the indexes of cemeteries all across the province.

 Then check out our Cemetery Locator  and find the location of any known cemetery in Ontario so you can visit the cemetery to learn more. You can also follow the link to the OGS Branch website and buy a transcription of many cemeteries. Over the years, volunteers have transcribed most of the cemeteries in the province. The transcription process continues as more and more cemeteries are discovered everyday.

 Just because we’ve found a cemetery, doesn’t mean that it’s been preserved. Take a look at our Unregistered Cemeteries page  and find out how you can help preserve these spaces for the future.

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